New issue of 63 Channels out now

Ok, the title kind of gives away the hook. I’m bad at click baiting. Anyway…

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It’s July, and that means the 3rd (!) issue of the re-launched 63Channels is now available.

This issue features poetry by:

Irsa Ruci

Joan McNerney

Wayne Burke

Gary Beck

Bruce Robinson

Brian Kovich

Justin Karcher

*Plus a collaboration piece by Glen Feulner & Brian Kovich*

With Short Fiction By:

Timothy Gager

James Agombar

Plus some amazing photgraphy by Mark Fitzgerald. (Pic Above)

so what are you waiting for? head over to 63Channels.net and see all the great work we’re showcasing.

“Clockwork Fate” Poetry Collaboration with Brian Kovich

Been a bit uninspired lately, so yesterday i reached out to a friend for a collaboration. Lightning struck, thanks mainly to Brian, and i’m very happy with how this turned out. Hope you enjoy.

Clockwork Fate

Co-Written with Brian Kovich

In me all the poets who came before,
To give birth to all the poets yet to be.
Every poem is a cocktail or a certain person.
Every poem I create, creates a greater poetry in me.

Words flow and scatter, rolling off fingers in waves,
I am a conduit to everything i’ve ever feared.
Every syllable casting shadows that roam for miles,
Every elipses drowning out the inevitable end.

The world reduced to fractions of factions.
A pleasant afternoon ruined inexplicably,
Every drone strike, union strike. Strike out.
Every thought, word, and deed. Improbably.

Impossibly simple, answers seem in hindsight,
Reduce the war to the sum of its parts and divide.
Every independent thought is dangerous to the masses,
Every first kiss deadly to a heartless revolution.

Seek out a greater alternative view.
The world is less than what we make of it.
Every door bell rung, escapes our loneliness.
Every word; Written or spoken, plays a partly bit.

Message in a bottle, letters never sent,
Yellowing postcards fade and curl.
Every moment of hesitation catches in our throats,
Every reflection echoing the regrets we inhabit.

There are more thoughts than there are words.
I am a… (finite futures fascinate.)
Every lonesome tandem within this world,
Every independent unwound clockwork fate.

Trade the passing minutes, useless, priceless,
Forever slipping through, under, into dreams,
Every last breath measured by pregnant pauses,
Every stanza shouting unspoken secrets to deaf ears.

After we pick up the pieces I found our dearest shame,
We suddenly will realize life/love is but a game .

 

Uninspired

So what do you do when you’ve been uninspired for months? When you have some ideas but are unable to crystalize them? When the things racing back and forth throughout your mind never make it to paper?

Recently I committed the ultimate technology stupid move. I lost 13 poems because I’d written them on my computer, hadn’t backed them up or hand copied them into a journal and assumed they were safe because they were on my external hard drive. They weren’t. The effect was actually kind of devastating. Like most writers I loathe much of my work, but I was happy with these 13 finished prices and now I’ve lost them forever and I think that’s added to my lack of inspiration.

Tack on a job that I actually like, but doesn’t stimulate creativity in any way whatsoever.

And here I am.

So where do I go?

Where do you go, how do you get the spark back?

Quickie

There’s an old dictionary here opened to a random page. Its been here as long as I can remember. I look around at the teens on their i-phones, the hipsters on their Macbooks and the college girls talking about how “Paris just won’t be as much fun this year” and I’m positive that this is the least used item in the entire coffee shop…..

And yes, I realize the hypocrisy of the hipster posting this to WordPress from his smartphone…..

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Fun with Words

Fun with Words

Ok, so it’s now Jan of 2015 & i wrote my last blog on…. Oct 2013….wow, that’s a bit of a quiet stretch. So let’s ease back into things, shall we? Here’s some fun links if you’re a writer or just love words.

 Enjoy!

Words that sound dirty but aren’t.

20 Obsolete English Words That Should Make A Comeback.

26 Weird English words.

The Dictionary of Obscure Words.

100 Funniest English Words.

Interesting Words. Simple Definitions.

And for the sake of losing a few IQ points:

The 20 most popular Internet Slang Words

Nerding out, Mixed tape Style…..

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Last night i started reading “Cassette Tapes From My Ex” a collection of short stories about people’s failed relationships and the tapes left behind. There are some cool stories and they even show the original tape covers with song listings. it kinda made me a little nostalgic. I miss making mix tapes. mix Cd’s, just making…. Digging through your collection, finding the perfect songs for each individual person then figuring out the order & flow. It’d a DJ’s (& nerds) dream….and i think it’s a (minor) lost art. So with that in mind i decided to make myself a playlist. I put it together in my Google Play Music and i’ll listen to it over and over till i’m sick of every song.

Fair warning, this list isn’t meant to be edgy or cool, i’m way too nerdy for that. I just wanted a fall mix that summed up where i am in the fall of 2013. So here it is:

1 Leave R.E.M.
2 6AM My Hotel Year
3 Great Expectations The Gaslight Anthem
4 from the Bottom of a Well Mike Doughty
5 Deperately Wanting Better Than Ezra
6 Come Back Down Toad The Wet Sprocket
7 The Only Living Boy In New York Simon & Garfunkel
8 32 Flavors Ani DiFranco
9 Everything Falls Apart Dog’s Eye View
10 Goodnight, Good Guy Collective Soul
11 Just Like Heaven Cure, The
12 Sweater Weather The Neighbourhood
13 6th Avenue Heartache The Wallflowers
14 Dreams (Fleetwood Mac Cover) Bastille Feat. Gabrielle Aplin
15 City of Blinding Light U2
16 No Story Time Smallpools
17 Backwater Meat Puppets
18 Somebody To Shove Soul Asylum
19 Screamager Therapy
20 My Own Worst Enemy Stereophonics
21 High & Dry Radiohead
22 Games Without Frontiers Peter Gabriel
23 Skip The Charades Cold War Kids
24 What’s A Girl To Do Bat For Lashes
25 Too Dramatic Ra Ra Riot
26 Set Adrift On Memory Bliss P.M. Dawn
27 Dry The Rain The Beta Band
28 Bloodbuzz Ohio The National
29 Ride Cary Brothers
30 Under the Milky way The Church

“Storybook Endings” Now Available

I am very happy to announce that my newest book, “Storybook Endings” is now available!!!! For now you can buy it as a paperback or an e-book at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/63channelspress 

For those of you that use a kindle, nook or I-Pad, the book will be available on all those formats in 6-8 weeks. I’ll send out another announcement as each format become available.

if, for some bizarre reason you want an autographed copy, please shoot me a message, don’t buy from my store. I will send it to you directly with some extra goodies. This does cost a few bucks more than the book alone.

Here’s a first review of the book:

About the book:

“Captivating, complex, impressive and resolute, Storybook Endings “bend[s] the bright lights of tomorrow” into one of the most interesting gatherings of material published this past decade. Endings explores new ideas with characteristic brilliance and attention to detail. While his writing varies in forms from prose to free verse poetry and everything in between, Feulner is a truth-teller: “look[ing] inside the outside,” he makes his way through the varied forms, and in doing so, seeks to move through the self, the story, and the truth in ways that are never anything short of instantly fascinating  and immediately compelling. There aren’t many writers whose language so precisely resonates with the pervasive concerns of the contemporary human condition. Feulner is a powerful writer whose daring and ambitious “storybook endings” aims at the heart of extant America and hits their bull’s eye every time.”

– Michelle Greenblatt, Poetry Editor of Unlikely Stories, author of brain:storm and the ASHES AND SEEDS (forthcoming)

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